Idiot Mana protesters

The Herald reports:

John Key’s day got off to a tense start at Rotorua’s Central Mall as his walkabout was hijacked by angry Mana protestors.

Mr Key, Steven Joyce and local MP McClay had been taking photographs with locals for around half an hour before the group turned up, waving flags and becoming increasingly vocal.

Mr continued smiling as the black and red-clad Mana crowd surrounded the National Party entourage, but he ended up cutting the visit short as the atmosphere became increasingly unsettled.

He scuttled out of the mall with support from police, mall security and Diplomatic Protection Services.

Much of the protestors’ anger appeared to stem from the Tuhoe raids, which took place within the electorate.

“You’re on stolen land,” one woman yelled repeatedly.

Such idiots.

For the records the raids took place under Helen Clark’s Government. It was the John Government that negotiated a historic settlement with Tuhoe which has seen some of their lands returned.

UPDATE:

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is disgraceful. The same protesters are now in front of an advance polling place.

Also someone has pointed out to me that the they were protesting on is in owned by the local Ngati Whakaue, so their geography is as as their history.

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